One of the UKs newest DVD labels can already boast an excellent catalogue of fare which will greatly appeal to fans of Euro Horror and cult cinema. Since their launch in October last year, Shameless Screen Entertainment have released TORSO, KILLER NUN, VENUS IN FURS (Massimo Dallamano) FLAVIA THE HERETIC and a trio of Fulci flicks: THE BLACK CAT, NEW YORK RIPPER and MANHATTAN BABY. 25th February will see the release of NIGHT TRAIN MURDERS which (as with FLAVIA, TORSO and KILLER NUN) will be uncut. I'll be taking a keen interest in this exciting new label, and will pass on any news here, together with some reviews.
Those familiar with NEW YORK RIPPER and the BBFC will not be too surprised to discover this film has been cut by 34 seconds, though its power remains practically undiminished. SSE have treated us to a very nice transfer of this film which has attracted savage criticism down the years. NYR is Fulci's bleakest and bloodiest film, painting a wholly unattractive picture of sexual excess in 'The Big Apple', coupled with some truly horrific scenes of murder and torture. There's a tight thriller to be found within this tale of human horror, with some decent performances from Jack Hedley and Paulo Malco, and one scene in particular will certainly whiten those knuckles as a woman in peril must engineer her release from her sleeping partner who may turn out to be the killer. Not, then, a film for the faint-hearted, but a must-see for dedicated fans of Italian horror.
It's been a most excellent start for this enterprising new label and I for one hope they unearth other Fulci titles (THE DEVIL'S HONEY and BEATRICE CENCI to name just two), together with other 'lost' gems. Why not hop over to their site and check out the latest word? http://shameless-films.com/